It’s getting hot out there. Protect lone workers in extreme weather

It’s getting hot out there… Protecting lone workers in extreme weather

Everything feels better in the summer, especially when it’s a sizzler. We’ve had record temperatures so far this year, and July looks to be much of the same. If you work in an air-conditioned office, you can still keep cool whatever the temperature outside. However, what if you’re working outside all day, often in exposed or remote locations? Alternatively, if you’re a lone worker travelling around in a multi-location job, often dealing with challenging or physical situations? While the rest of the world can stop in the shade and enjoy some respite, it’s crucial that lone workers take extra care of themselves in the hot weather.

Broadcast messaging for extreme weather events

Safe Hub's Group Alert feature is set up to warn workers of things like potential terror attacks or natural disasters. But it’s also an excellent and effective way to send messages to workers to remind them to take care during extreme weather events. For example staying hydrated in this prolonged and unusual period of hot weather. No one wants to be nannied or told what to do, but if you’re busy doing your job it can be easy to forget to take regular water breaks.

If someone does become severely dehydrated and collapses, or is at risk of sunstroke, our Worker Down function provides reactive support via built-in impact and fall detection. The sensors monitor the movement and orientation of a worker’s handset. If it hasn’t moved for a significant length of time, this could indicate that a lone worker has collapsed or is unwell. This will trigger an alert at the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The ARC operative will attempt to contact the worker, but if they can't the correct emergency response will be activated (a bit embarrassing if someone has nipped off to sunbathe somewhere but better safe than sorry).

Keep hydrated and stay safe

There are other ways companies can look after lone workers in hot weather. It’s surprising how many of us still don’t know how much water we should drink (NHS guidelines recommend 1.2 litres per day). Energy drinks and sugary soft drinks don’t give the same hydration as good old fashioned H20. A nice idea that is both employee and environmentally friendly is providing workers with company branded reusable water bottles to cut down on plastic waste.

Monitor changing working conditions in extreme weather

Working conditions do change with the weather, so another best practice idea would be issuing workers with sun-cream that has a high SPF and making sure that they know the safety benefits of wearing appropriate sunhats and sunglasses. In very hot weather it is best to stay out of the sun between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm, but this may not be possible for some workers. In this case, it is essential they take a full hour for lunch, preferably in the shade, and to also consider those regular water breaks throughout the day. A hydrated worker is a happier, healthier worker. No one wants to be feeling hot under the collar if one of their employees is left outside unprotected in the sun.

Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today

Post by George Stavrinidis

George is Chief Executive Officer of Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He believes passionately that everyone should be protected and supported at work. George supports LWS clients to make sure they enjoy the most effective relationship with the team and maximise the effectiveness of their deployment of Safe Hub.

About Lone Worker Solutions

At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.

About Safe Hub

Safe Hub is an award-winning package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of BS8484:2016 Gold Certified devices, including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.